Florence Private Christmas Tour: Churches and Nativity Scenes

Holiday & Seasonal Tours in San Miniato

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Discover some of the most representative religious and cultural sights of Florence at Christmas!
A thrilling private tour to discover the city, surrounded by the magical Christmas atmosphere, through the religious and secular heart of the city, where Florence's history, art and religious beliefs come together in an incredible harmony. Sitting in a comfortable luxury vehicle, you will reach Piazzale Michelangelo and the majestic Basilica di San Miniato al Monte. One of the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, was begun in 1013. The façade is extremely refined, covered with white and green marbles and crowned by a majestic bronze eagle. Inside the Basilica you have the chance to admire the beautiful Cappella del Crocifisso, designed by Michelozzo, the awesome Mosaic of Christ between the Virgin and San Miniato, the crypt and its vaults with frescoes  by Taddeo Gaddi, the presbytery with magnificent Romanesque pulpit and the Cappella del Cardinale del Portogallo, one of the most beautiful funerary monuments of the Italian Renaissance. Adjacent to the church you can find the finest cloister and enclosed by the walls you can admire  the monumental cemetery. Before leaving, enjoy the enchanting view of the city’s wonders, and take wonderful pictures of such a stunning panorama!Back in town, be impressed by the magnificence and elegance of the various monuments located in the heart of the city, made even more beautiful by the shining Christmas lights and decorations!The walk starts from the Duomo Square, with its majestic illuminated Christmas tree and the traditional nativity with terracotta life-size statues, to proceed toward Piazza della Repubblica, an elegant square surrounded by imponent palaces lighten up with warm and bright lights.You will move then to the renowned Via del Corso, in the heart of the medieval district, where to have a pleasant stop at a historical Florentine Café and enjoy a delicious Espresso (or Tea, Hot Chocolate or Cappuccino).You will breathe the magical atmosphere of Piazza della Signoria with the illuminated Loggia de’ Lanzi and the regal Palazzo Vecchio. Be captured by the charm of the world famous Ponte Vecchio, which surface is used at Christmas time as background of a spectacular music and lights show. Finally don’t miss a stop to the Straw Market to visit the statue of the "Piglet": put a coin into the boar’s gaping jaws and if it falls through the underlying grating , you will be granted good luck for the New Year!

What’s included

  • Pick-up at the hotel, if centrally located
  • Private transportation with de-luxe chauffeured vehicle as per the itinerary (from 1 to 3 pax: private car- from 4 to 7 pax : private van)
  • Private professional local guide at disposal for 3 hours
  • Delicious Espresso, Cappuccino , Tea or Hot Chocolate served in a historical caf
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Hotel drop-off